Bamboo penis box or phallocrypt, decorated with an incised and stained pattern of interlocking scrolls.
This comes from the British Ornithologistsâ€™ Union Expedition to Dutch New Guinea (1909-1911). Captain Rawlings had previously been a member of the Younghusband Expedition to Tibet. The BOU team visited the Tapiro in November 2010 (Ballard, Vink and Anderson p 29-30) at the foothills of the Central range of Mt Wilhelmena. Rawlings wrote up his account in â€˜Explorations in Dutch New Guineaâ€™ The Geographical Journal, 38 (1911) 233-255 and The land of the New Guinea pygmies: an account of the story of a pioneer journey of exploration into the heart of New Guinea (1913), London, Sealey and Service. The most recent account is C Ballard, S Vink and A Ploeg 2001 Race to the snow: photography and the exploration of Dutch New Guinea, 1907-1936, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam The Taipiro were of particular interest to members of the expedition as examples of â€˜pygmiesâ€™, an interest that continued across the whole island of New Guinea up until the second world war (see Moyne Walkabout in particular and the writings of Chris Ballard).